Alison Criado-Perez and Sir Charles Blois (Left to Right).
Alison Criado-Perez, a humanitarian aid worker, and Sir Charles Blois have been on a number of expeditions together. They have both studied lion populations in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, and journeyed down the Amazon by boat to investigate the threats facing wildlife in the Peruvian rainforest.
Alison and Sir Charles were both drawn to the opportunity to contribute to research as part of the Earthwatch expeditions.
“It was wonderful to have a chance to have something helpful for scientists. Something that is supporting some research, in a remote location and with a group of like-minded people” said Alison.
“The expeditions have given me an opportunity to visit areas I wouldn’t otherwise get the opportunity to go to. There’s a real sense of adventure” added Charles.
Since returning from the trips, Charles has sought to minimise the environmental threats on his land at home in Suffolk by rebuilding a seawall to protect 100 acres of rare freshwater and estuary marshland. He has also provided islands for nesting birds and has since seen a resurgence in avocet numbers as a result.